Pinguicula alpina

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaLentibulariaceaePinguiculaPinguicula alpina


A small, rosette-forming, insectivorous perennial herb formerly known from one site, described as a bog or moor. In mainland Europe, it grows in base-rich flushes, stony mires and the drier parts of open boggy heath, often at high altitude. Lowland.



World Distribution

Eurosiberian Arctic-montane element.

Broad Habitats

Fen, marsh and swamp (not wooded)

Light (Ellenberg): 9

Moisture (Ellenberg): 8

Reaction (Ellenberg): 8

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 2


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 13.6

Annual Precipitation (mm): 752

Life form information

Height (cm): 5

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Clonality - secondary

Detaching ramets at or below ground

Comment on Clonality

"Some European populations produce bulbils (Heslop-Harrison, Biol. Flora 2004)"

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Distribution information

Plantatt Conservation Status


JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

Atlas (239a)
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Lusby P
1998.  On the extinct plants of Scotland. Species history in Scotland. :45-62.
Marren PR
1999.  Britain's rare flowers.
Meusel H, Jäger E, Rauschert S, Weinert E
1978.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 2. 2 vols.